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Sears To Close Flagship Store In Downtown Chicago

The closure is part of an ongoing effort to cut expenses. Sears was once the largest retailer in Chicago. J.C.Penney and Macy's have also announced store closings recently.
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Global Economic Recovery To Keep Strengthening

The International Monetary Fund has updated its outlook for the world economy. The IMF boosted its forecast for global growth slightly. It also hiked its estimate for U.S. growth.
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Banks Challenged By Economy Despite Positive Earnings

It was a good quarter for most of the nation's big banks. Wells Fargo overtook JPMorgan to become "most profitable." And Bank of America showed its best results since 2007. A closer look, however, reveals some weaknesses that aren't apparent at first glance.
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Quicken Loans Offers $1 Billion In NCAA Bracket Promotion

The finance company is offering a $1 billion prize to whoever correctly picks each game in the men's NCAA tournament. The odds of correctly picking every game are more than 9 quintillion to 1.
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Gentrification May Actually Be A Boon To Longtime Residents

While high costs can drive out some people in gentrifying neighborhoods, new studies show that many renters stay — especially if new parks, safer streets and better schools are paired with a job opportunity right down the block.

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Buying A Detroit House For $500, And Then Explaining Why

Drew Philip made waves this month by explaining to the Internet why he bought a house in struggling Detroit for $500. In his much-discussed story for Buzzfeed, Philip said that he is part of "another Detroit," one where people are working to help each other and save their city.
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Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.
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High Court Considers Legality Of 'Fair Share' Union Fees

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could decimate public employee unions. At issue is whether nonunion workers can be forced to pay fees that help cover the cost of negotiating a union contract from which they benefit.
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Hackers Go 'Phishing' In The Wake Of Target Data Breach

The retailing giant Target is doing what it can to limit the damage from a massive data breach. But there are signs that other hackers are trying to take advantage of the original data theft with elaborate "phishing" schemes.
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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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